Luray Singing Tower
Sunset Vespers is a decades-old tradition in Luray first held in the early 1940s. Charles Chapman, the first carillonneur at the Singing Tower, provided reflective music to inspire as well as accompany voices of choirs based in the Valley and as far as Washington D.C. Speakers hailing from vibrant congregations as well as College Presidential Offices and Seminaries provided comforting and encouraging words during some of the nation’s darkest times—WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. As Mr. Chapman neared retirement, the last Vespers service was held in the late 1970s. During the 30 year tenure the services were held, hundreds of people flocked to the tower each Sunday to hear the beautiful bells, choirs, and speakers.
In 2015, this special service was resurrected with the help of the local clergy. Each service begins at 6:45PM with a 15-minute carillon prelude. Typically, each service is no longer than 30minutes and features two hymns, a short homily, moments of quiet reflection, and opportunities for local musicians or the bells to ring. The service ends with a short and joyful carillon postlude. Visitors are welcome to visit the carillonneur after their descent from the top of the tower for a tower. The 8PM recital is played as scheduled.
The 2018 Vespers Schedule is as follows:
June 10 & 24
August 12 & 26
Bring your family and friends for a beautiful and relaxing evening!